However, Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said the Senate also is pushing for a year-long interim study of magistrate workloads and pay.
"There certainly are a lot of inequities with the system," Prezioso said. "It is broken, and it needs to be fixed."
He said workloads vary considerably among magistrate circuits.
"I'm sympathetic to counties with two magistrates, who are on call all the time," he said. "We need equal pay for equal work, and we think we can do that in a legislative study."
The magistrate pay bill is a trade-off for the House taking up legislation to approve a sales tax increment financing district outside Morgantown, providing more than $96 million of new development, including a privately financed exit off Interstate 79 between Westover and Star City, and a $16.2 million ballpark.
That bill (SB125) is on amendment stage in the House Friday.
• The House advanced the state budget bill (HB2014) to passage stage Friday, after rejecting amendments by Lane to prohibit state funding for some Medicaid-funded abortions and to prohibit the state from participating in health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, noted that it is unconstitutional to use the state budget to affect general law or public policy.
"This is the wrong place to address this," he said of the abortion funding amendment. "The place to address abortion is in the Medicaid state plan."
Passage of the budget bill is a formality setting up an extended session to complete work on the 2013-14 state spending plan next week.
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